The Green Bay Packers are coming into a pivotal season for the franchise known as “Titletown” After a down season where the team went 10-6 and fell short to the Arizona Cardinals in the divisional round of the playoffs, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are looking to capitalize on being healthy once again to make a run at Super Bowl 51. The Packers have one of the easiest schedules in the league this season, which bodes well for their chances at getting a high seed in the playoffs and regaining the NFC North crown. While there is quite a few easier games on the schedule, the Packers have their fair share of tough tests sprinkled throughout the schedule. These rankings are going to show which games Packer fans should most look forward too, and which games will be on the tougher side for the previously underachieving football team.
- Week 10 – At Tennessee Titans – Sunday November 13th, 3:25 pm
The first game on the list takes place in the middle of the schedule and should be a relatively easy one for the Packers. A rebuilding Titans team won’t be a tough matchup for Green Bay, and the offense will look to put up big numbers in this game against the AFC South team.
- Week 13 – vs Houston Texans – Sunday December 4th, 12 pm
When the Texans come to Lambeau Field for their early December contest against the Pack, all of Wisconsin will definitely have their eyes glued to the TV. J.J. Watt, who is from Pewaukee and is a Former Badger football player will be making his first appearance as a professional back in his home state. While that will be exciting for fans, the game itself will be the Packers’ to lose.
- Week 7 – vs Chicago Bears – Thursday October 20th, 7:25 pm
Sporting their “Color Rush” uniforms for the first time, the Packers will take to the field on this Thursday night game looking to avenge last season’s embarrassing home loss to their NFC North rivals. Look for Aaron Rodgers, along with the Packer defense to have a big game in this primetime matchup as they will be eager to show the Bears what happens when you tug on Superman’s cape.
- Week 9 – vs Indianapolis Colts – Sunday November 6th, 3:25 pm
Andrew Luck will be coming into Green Bay for the first time in his career, and going to war with Aaron Rodgers after these teams will play each other in the NFL Hall Of Fame Game to kick off the 2016 preseason. This game will produce some exciting plays throughout the game as both teams have the capability to produce offense quickly.
- Week 5 – vs New York Giants – Sunday October 9th, 7:30 pm
The defense will have it’s work cut out for them when Eli Manning, and Odell Beckham Jr. come to Green Bay for a Sunday night game. Manning has a history of coming to Lambeau and performing well in his career, and Beckham will be looking for make some big plays against the secondary.
- Week 8 – at Atlanta Falcons – Sunday October 30th, 12 pm
The Falcons throughout the years have been a generally inconsistent football team so you never know what you’re going get from the team led by Matt Ryan. But the Packers usually have pretty good success in the ATL, and Aaron Rodgers playing inside of a dome always makes for an impressive passing display. Julio Jones will be a tough stop for the secondary in a game which could be an old-fashioned shootout.
- Week 12 – at Philadelphia Eagles – Monday November 28th, 7:30 pm
While on paper it might not look like a big matchup for Green Bay, this Monday Night game in Philadelphia could be a big time game for the Eagles and the fans of the up and down franchise. It’s completely possible that later in the season Sam Bradford could be struggling with injuries as he has throughout his career, or with the Philly offense led by new head coach, and former Packer Doug Peterson. A scenario like that could lead to the 2nd overall pick in this years draft, Carson Wentz getting his first career start on the primetime stage of Monday Night Football. The Philadelphia fans would certainly be pumped up for a chance to see their potential franchise quarterback go to battle with the former MVP Aaron Rodgers. Which could create a tough environment for Green Bay to operate in on this late November night.
- Week 15 – at Chicago Bears – Sunday December 18th, 12 pm
Making the trip down to Chicago is always a fun one for the Packers and their loyal cheesehead fans. This late December game will be no different. The Packers have won the last 6 games they’ve played at Soldier Field (including playoffs) and will be looking to make that 7 in a row this season. But, the Bears will have other plans and will be looking to play a spoiler role against the Packers. 10th year quarterback Jay Cutler and the Bears will love nothing more than to knock the Pack down a few pegs. This game takes place late in the season and the Packers will likely be in the middle of a division race with Minnesota. Mike McCarthy will have to have his players prepared for this one as the Packers won’t be able to afford a late season loss.
- Week 3 – vs Detroit Lions – Sunday September 25th, 12 pm
The last time these two teams met, the top play of the 2015 NFL season took place with no time left on the game clock. That play was a booming 61-yard hail mary launched from the cannon right arm of Aaron Rodgers. After the Lions dominated most of the game and appeared to be on their way to two consecutive wins against the Packers, Green Bay made an unbelievable comeback in the 4th quarter which was capped off with that memorable pass to Richard Rodgers. The Lions will be looking for revenge and to prove that comeback was a fluke. Now before you say “This game is in Green Bay! Detroit never wins here this game will be easy!” Look back to last season, when the Lions came into Lambeau Field and ended a 24-year Wisconsin losing streak and beat the Packers 18-16 after Mason Crosby missed a would be game winning field goal for the Packers. So the Packers will be looking for revenge of their own in this divisional matchup.
- Week 1 – at Jacksonville Jaguars – Sunday September 11th, 12 pm
The first game back out on the field for the Packers is going to be closely watched by fans and critics all over Cheesehead Nation. After the injuries last preseason, it’s likely that the starters won’t see too much of the field in this season’s exhibition games. Which would make this the first time the stars of Green Bay would see game action in extended amounts. Everyone will be watching to see how Jordy Nelson bounces back after missing the 2015 season, and looking hard at the offense to see if the explosive attack led by Aaron Rodgers is back after an off year last season. Eyes will also be on the defense in this game, and the secondary will be tested by Jacksonville’s young, and talented receivers. While the season won’t be won or lost in this game, it will be exciting to see Aaron Rodgers operating with all of his toys on offense once again.
- Week 11 – at Washington Redskins – Sunday November 20th, 7:30 pm
These two teams met last year in the Wild Card round, with Green Bay leaving Landover, Maryland with a 35-18 win over Kirk Cousins and the Redskins. Washington will be looking to prove themselves against The Pack after the disappointing loss and get a big win in what should be a tight race for the NFC East title. Playing in the Sunday Night slot, the teams will be fired up and it will be a good game.
- Week 7 – at Detroit Lions – Sunday January 1st, 12 pm
The Packers will be traveling to Detroit for their last game of the 2016 regular season in a game that will likely have big implications on where the team is seeded in the playoff race. Depending on where the Packers stand in the Conference/Division, this division game could prove to be a must win for Mike McCarthy’s team.
- Week 6 – vs Dallas Cowboys – Sunday October 16th, 3:25 pm
Last season when these two teams met, Mike McCarthy had just started calling plays for the offense again and the Packers dominated Dallas in a 28-7 win. That game didn’t feature Tony Romo, as the quarterback from Burlington was shut down for the season and placed on injured reserve. As long as his health holds up, Romo will return to Green Bay for the first time since the thrilling 2014 Divisional Round game where the NFL catch rule controversy showed up once again and possibly costed Dallas the trip to the NFC Championship Game. This game should be a good test for Green Bay on offense, and defense with the Cowboys having weapons to do damage with on both sides of the ball.
- Week 16 – vs Minnesota Vikings – Sunday December 24th, 12 pm
The Packers and the Vikings will prepare to do battle on Christmas Eve, in a game where even Santa Claus himself will be stopping the sleigh to catch a glimpse of this NFC North clash. This game will likely be the biggest of the season for both of these teams as they will be in the middle of a fight for the NFC North title. Last year the Vikings came to Green Bay and beat the Packers for the crown, and it looks like this game will have the same implications. Rodgers will be tested by the tough Minnesota defense, and the defense will certainly have its fair share of frustrations when they attempt to stop Adrian Peterson on this cold December Night.
- Week 14 – vs Seattle Seahawks – Sunday December 11th, 3:25 pm
Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks just will not go away will they? For the third straight season and in Green Bay for two consecutive games, these rivals will meet in the regular season and add another chapter to their history. Not having Marshawn Lynch on the field will help the Packers’ defense out, but at the end of the day they will still have a tough matchup in Wilson and his ability to create offense with his legs. The Legion of Boom will also look for Aaron Rodgers’ blood in the game but with the advantage of playing in front of their home crowd, the offense will attack Richard Sherman and the Seattle secondary throughout the duel between the NFC powerhouses.
- Week 2 – at Minnesota Vikings – Sunday September 18th, 7:30 pm
Fresh off of a playoff appearance, and with their biggest rival coming to town the Vikings will be making their highly anticipated debut in their brand new, state of the art facility, US Bank Stadium. The entire football world will have their eyes on this game and it will without doubt be the toughest game of the season for Green Bay. The crowd will play be a huge factor in this game, which will be a great test to gage where the team is on the offensive and defensive sides of the game. It won’t be an impossible task to handle, but the Packers will have their hands full during this game in what is sure to be a playoff atmosphere. Aaron Rodgers will have to lead his troops and take it play-by-play in order to spoil the excitement of the Minnesota fans. With that said, as long as the Packers have Rodgers, they will always have a chance.
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